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Improvements on the way for Cowford Landing on the Choctawhatchee River

Walton County is in the contractor bidding stage of making several improvements to Cowford Landing on The Choctawhatchee River. The scope of work includes the construction of a new parking lot, sidewalks, restroom, two overnight shelters, timber boardwalks, and a new floating dock with ADA kayak loading station. New ADA compliant sidewalks and curb ramps will also be constructed as well as drainage improvements including a storm water management system with outfall structure and piping. The work is currently out...

FWC announces fall recreational red snapper season in Gulf 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announces a fall red snapper season for private recreational anglers and state for-hire operations in the Gulf of Mexico to open on the following Saturdays and Sundays: Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1. During this season, private recreational anglers may harvest red snapper in Gulf state and federal waters. However, state for-hire operations are limited to fishing for red snapper in Gulf state waters only. “I’m excited to announce...

Walton County fishing report for Sept. 24

Fishing is as good as it gets! Bay: Lots of big trout along with redfish. Copeland’s has some large shrimp right now. River: Waiting for the river levels to go down. Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Freeport, Florida 32439 (850) 835-4277 Store hours: Mon....

Walton County fishing report for Sept. 11

Fishing is as good as it gets! Bay: Lots of redfish, some trout. River: Some crappie starting to show up along with bream. Almost time to start fishing for bass with shrimp on a cane pole! Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Freeport, Florida 32439...

FWC Fish Rules App now includes freshwater regulations

The wait is over! Fish Rules App now includes freshwater fishing regulations. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is excited to announce that their successful partnership with the Fish Rules App has now expanded. “The Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management is thrilled that the Fish Rules App is now available for freshwater. We have seen how our partnership with Fish Rules has strengthened the communication of fishing regulations and are looking forward to it getting even stronger,” said...

FWC certifies new state record flathead catfish caught in the Yellow River

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) fisheries biologists certified a new state record flathead catfish weighing 69.9 pounds, measuring 48.5 inches long, with a girth of 38.25 inches, caught by angler Lavon Nowling from Santa Rosa County. Nowling caught his flathead catfish on rod and reel using live bait in the Yellow River. “I’ve caught some good ones before this fish, but none of them were more than 54 pounds,” said Nowling. “I’ve been fishing since I was old...

Walton County fishing report for Aug. 26

Fishing is as good as it gets! Bay: Redfish, black drum, a few trout on mixed bait River: Catfish. Creeks: Bass being caught on live shrimp. Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Freeport, Florida 32439 (850) 835-4277 Store hours: Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m. –...

Walton County fishing report for Aug. 11

Fishing is as good as it gets! Bay: Mixed bag of redfish, mullet. River:  Crappie bite is on along with a few shellcracker and bass. Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Freeport, Florida 32439 (850) 835-4277 Store hours: Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m. – 5...

Bay scallop season opens Aug. 16 in St. Joseph Bay/Gulf County 

Recreational bay scallop season for Gulf County (including all of St. Joseph Bay) opens Aug.16 and will remain open through Sept. 24. This region includes all state waters from the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County to the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County. Scalloping, possession of scallops, anchoring or tampering with restoration activities is prohibited during and after the scallop season in the restoration area marked with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) buoys south...

Walton County fishing report for July 30

Fishing is as good as it gets! Bay: Mixed bag of redfish, black drum, trout, black snapper, Spanish mackerel, blue fish, lady fish, and skip jacks. River:  Crappie bite is on along with catfish and bass. Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S, Freeport, Florida 32439...

FWC approves draft changes to flounder regulations

At its July Commission meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved draft changes to the management of Florida’s flounder fishery. These changes will be brought back to the Commission in October for final consideration. A stock status update suggests that the flounder fishery statewide has been in a general declining trend in recent years and is likely overfished and undergoing overfishing on the Atlantic coast of Florida. Other states have also reported declines in flounder populations and have...

FWC approves measures to support recovery and restoration of oysters in Apalachicola Bay

October FWC meeting will determine if suspension of oystering until 2025 is approved July 22, 2020 –  At its July meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved draft regulation changes to further support restoration and recovery of oysters in Apalachicola Bay. Historically, nearly 90% of Florida’s and 10% of the nation’s wild oysters came from Apalachicola Bay. But the Apalachicola Bay oyster population has been declining since 2013 after years of low water flow conditions. Despite the...